By Michele E. Buttelman
Signal Staff Writer
Whenever you talk about the “best” of any category, the term “best” is often in the eye of the beholder. Many campgrounds and recreation vehicle parks are often better suited to either tent and small trailer camping, or have enough space, hookups and amenities for large RVs.
Through the years RVs have grown bigger and longer, some of the longest Class A motorhomes can exceed 45 feet. It is important when looking for camping reservations to make sure your rig will fit in the available campsites.
Most National Parks have limited hookups available so be aware you may have to bring your own water and make sure your blackwater, wastewater tank is empty before you go.
Classes of RVs
There are three classes of motorhomes.
Class A is the most luxurious with a minimum of two slideouts and built on a heavy-duty chassis. They often look like a bus or a large box.
Class B RVs are the ubiquitous and compact camper vans you can find in nearly every campground in growing numbers.
Class C motorhomes offer a compromise between the Class A and the Class B. They are built on a cabin chassis and feature an over cab sleeping area.
You do not need a commercial driver’s license to drive an RV that weighs less than 26,000 lbs.
Best RV Camping with a View
One of the best parts of RVing is staying in a park with spectacular views with sights and scenery you can’t find at home.
Malibu Beach RV Park
25801 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu 90265
The park operates 142 RV sites that have either a full hookup ocean or mountain view. Sites are back in only. The park is open 365 days a year. Depending on site location, 30- or 50-amp service, summer rates through Sept. 14 range from $144.38 to $316.80 a night, holidays and pets extra.
Kirk Creek Campground
Los Padres National Forest, 64955 CA-1, Big Sur, 93920
This campground right off Highway 1 provides a classic Big Sur adventure with sweeping ocean views from each site. No hookups or water available, must be self-contained. The 33 RV sites are spacious, open and grassy. Can accommodate RVs to 47 feet. $45 a night, $2 extra for holidays.
Best RV Camping in a Forest
Camping in a forest, shaded by towering trees and breathing in the scent of pine and fir, can anyplace in California be farther from the Santa Clarita Valley than a dense beautiful forest?
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
47555 SR-1, Big Sur 93920
No hookups at any of the 189 RV sites situated on or near the Big Sur River. Maximum length for RVs is 32 feet. Ample shade provided by Redwood and Sycamore trees with rates of $35/night for a standard campsite and $50/night for a premium riverfront campsite. The Dani Creek Slide has closed portions of Highway 1 until further notice. To travel to Big Sur, SCV RVers will have to approached the park by traveling south from Monterey.
Ramblin’ Redwoods RV Park
6701 Highway US-101 North, Crescent City 95531
RV Camping at Ramblin’ Redwoods is a magical experience. Tucked under the towering redwoods and surrounded by native undergrowth, the sites are private and quiet. Each site comes with private campfire rings and parking for two vehicles. Choose from standard back-in, pull-thru, full hookup sites with 30/50-amp, sewer and water. Rates range from $55 to $85 per night.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers 93271
There are 14 campgrounds in the parks, including two that are open during all four seasons. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grill and a metal food-storage box (there are bears). Standard campsite is $28 per night. No hookups. Lodgepole Campground is perched on the banks of the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. The inspiring Giant Forest Grove and the mighty General Sherman Tree, a giant sequoia redwood and the world’s largest tree in volume, are just two miles from the campground.
Best Luxury RV Parks
Luxury RV parks offer dozens of amenities from pools to clubhouses to Wi-Fi and cable tv.
The Springs at Borrego RV Resort
2255 Di Giorgio Road, Borrego Springs 92004
This camping resort nestled within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, boasts 300 days of sunshine and the only internationally-recognized “Dark Sky” in California. The Springs offers 163 spaces and luxurious amenities including: nine-hole championship golf course, hot mineral baths, saltwater pool and spa, massages and acupressure on site, spacious fitness center with yoga and aerobics classes, piano and reading library, spacious RV sites with double pedestals, free cable tv and Wi-Fi, 20-, 30- and 50-amp service, trash pickup at site and a stocked pond for catch and release fishing. Rates vary according to season, location and length of stay. Prime season (Oct. 1-Jan. 14) rates run $67 to $97 per night. High season (Jan. 15-April 20) rates are $81 to $140 per night. Summer (April 21-Sept. 30 rates are $45 to $55 per night.
Sun Outdoors Paso Robles
3800 Golden Hill Road, Paso Robles CA 93446
This luxury resort is situated in the Paso Robles wine region, near the Pacific Coast. Amenities, include two outdoor swimming pools, spas, splash pad, playground, bikes, community center, putting green, game arcade, Field and Fork Restaurant and Bar, fire pits, a wellness center, fitness classes, Wi-Fi, cable tv, laundry, golf carts, billiards and dog park. Enjoy outdoor movie nights, onsite wine tasting and bocce ball, as well. Rates start at $59 per night, but expect to pay as much as double for summer reservations.